Tournament Checklist


Overview

Teams MUST bring PRINTED copies of the following items to the East Super-Regional Championship Tournament.

Also remember to bring:
  • Safety Glasses -  Safety Glasses are required in the pits and on the competition field. No exceptions!
  • Power Strip - An extension cord or one outlet will be provided at each of the pit tables. Please bring your own power strip for multiple outlets.

Safety Glasses
Safety Glasses are required for everyone in the pits and on the competition field. There are no exceptions. If a member of our staff asks you to put on your safety glasses, please be gracious and do so immediately. Tournament Rule <T14> will be strictly enforced at the East Super-Regional Championship Tournament. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Wireless Communications
To help ensure the field electronics are operating properly and consistently for all teams during the Tournament, FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament Rules <T4><T5>, and <T6> will be strictly enforced at the East Super-Regional Championship Tournament

Teams will be assigned a Wi-Fi channel for W-Fi Direct Driver Station / Robot Controller communications at the East Super-Regional Championship Tournament. Use of other Wi-Fi channels is prohibited.



Details

Team Roster
The Team Roster is a document that lists the student team members and mentors for an FTC team. Main and Alternate contacts can access and print the Team Roster in TIMS. Team Leaders must bring a printed Team Roster to registration at the event. If any students or mentors are not listed on the Team Roster electronically, the Main or Alternate Contact must “pencil in” the names of the students and mentors on the bottom of the Team Roster (blank lines are provided). Team Leaders must attach a completed paper copy of the consent form for each student or mentor who has not completed the consent forms electronically. 


FIRST Consent and Release Form
FIRST Consent & Release Forms are required for student participation at all FIRST events. Participation at any event is not guaranteed until a completed FIRST Consent & Release Form is submitted for every team member (mentor and student). Team mentors and students attending the FIRST events must complete the FIRST Consent and Release form each season. This form covers participation at any FIRST events this season.  Student Team members under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian's signature on their form. If students or mentors have completed the consent form electronically, you do not need to bring a printed copy of the consent form for those team contacts, as the Team Roster indicates the form was completed online. If a student or mentor chooses to complete the form on paper, the team leaders must bring the signed paper consent form with the Team Roster to the event. 

A completed PAPER FIRST Consent & Release Form is required for: 
  • FTC Adult Team Mentors who have NOT completed the electronic consent form 
  • FTC Student Team Members have NOT completed electronic consent form
  • Students under the age of 13 (students under 13 cannot complete the electronic Consent and Release form in STIMS)

Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics FTC Program Consent and Release Form
Completed Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics FTC Program Consent and Release Form for each adult and student affiliated with the team who is present that day. This is required once per person per season. This form includes a Pennsylvania Child Protection compliance clause. Note: Coaches may NOT sign this form on behalf of the student's parent or legal guardian.


Robot Inspection Checklist
The FTC Robot will be required to pass robot inspection before being cleared to compete. This inspection will ensure that all FTC Robot rules and regulations are met. Initial inspections will take place during team check-in/practice time. The official FTC Robot Inspection Checklist is located in FTC Game Manual 1.


Field Inspection Checklist
The FTC Robot will be required to pass field inspection before being cleared to compete. This inspection will ensure that all FTC Robot rules and regulations are met. Initial inspections will take place during team check-in/practice time. The official FTC Field Inspection Checklist is located in FTC Game Manual 1.


Safety Glasses Tournament Rule
All team members and their guests, including coaches, must wear ANSI 87.1 certified safety glasses or prescription glasses with side shields while in the pits or alliance stations during matches. 

NOTE: FIRST requires all teams to bring and supply, for each competition, ANSI-approved non-shaded safety glasses for its team members, mentors, and guests. For our purposes, amber lenses that allow for enhanced vision are considered tinted, not shaded, and their use is allowed at FIRST events. Sunglasses or deeply shaded safety glasses used in our indoor event environment are not acceptable.


Wireless Communications
The wireless spectrum will be monitored at the East Super-Regional Championship Tournament. For the benefit of all teams, please follow FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament Rules <T4>, <T5> and <T6>. 

Teams will be assigned a channel for W-Fi Direct Driver Station / Robot Controller communications at the East Super-Regional Championship Tournament. Use of other Wi-Fi channels is prohibited.

FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament Rule <T4>
No Team, Team Member, or event attendee is allowed to set up their own Wi-Fi 802.11 (2.4GHz or 5GHz) wireless communication in the venue. Non-allowed wireless communications include, but are not limited to:
  • Cellular Hotspots (e.g. cell phones, tablets, MiFi).
  • Ad-hoc networks.
  • Nintendo DS peer-to-peer.
  • Bluetooth communication with Robots in the Competition Area.
No Team, Team Member, or Event attendee shall interfere with a Team’s Wi-Fi Direct® communication with their own Robot. 

The Penalty for violating rule <T4> is disqualification of the entire Team from the Event and their removal from the venue property. Teams may not appeal the penalty and no refunds will be given for registration fees, pre-paid meals, etc. FIRST may conduct a post-Event review and determine if any additional penalties are to be imposed upon the offending Team.

Teams are encouraged to report wireless security vulnerabilities to the Field Tech Advisor (FTA) at an Event. Teams should always keep in mind Gracious Professionalism®, and therefore only report valid and verifiable violations of this rule. After the FTA is alerted of a potential rule violation, he/she will confer with the Head Referee. The FTA and Head Referee will further investigate the potential violation of this rule. The final decision will be made by the Head Referee with the guidance of FIRST Headquarters staff if rule <T4> has
been violated, and to disqualify the offending Team.

FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament Rule <T5>
Wi-Fi Direct® connectivity between the Android devices used as the Robot Controller and the Drivers Station is allowed. No other wireless communication is allowed.

The Penalty for violating rule <T5> is disqualification of the entire Team from the Event and their removal from the venue property. The decision to disqualify the Team from the Event will be made by Head Referee with the guidance of FIRST Headquarters staff. Teams may not appeal the penalty and no refunds will be given for registration fees, pre-paid meals, etc. FIRST may conduct a post-Event review and determine if any additional penalties are to be imposed upon the offending Team.

FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament Rule <T6>
Team members may be asked by the Event Director to use a specific Wi-Fi channel on the Event day. It is the intent of this rule that Teams must comply with the request of the Event Director if asked to use a specific Wi-Fi Channel when supported by an approved Android Device. Teams that have Android Devices that support channel changing MUST comply with the request of the Event Director to switch their channel before playing in the next Match.